Alison S. Brooks

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Alison S. Brooks

Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs; Director of University and External Relations for the GWU Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology

Full-time Faculty


Alison Brooks joined The George Washington University in 1972, and has been Professor of Anthropology since 1988. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 1979. She also serves as Research Associate in Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Brooks is actively involved in the training of scientists and museum personnel from African countries, and in the development and implementation of heritage policy in Africa. She edits a bulletin for teachers, entitled AnthroNotes, that is distributed three times a year to several hundred individuals and institutions interested in anthropological perspectives on current issues. She has led research projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Sweden, France, China, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Paleolithic archaeology; physical anthropology; paleoanthropology; ethnoarchaeology; geochronology; human evolution; politics of cultural heritage; central, southern, and northeastern Africa; northern China

Ph.D., Harvard University